Planning for Maumelle Splash Pad has been in the works for more than three years. The fundraising effort was driven by a group of community volunteers and thanks to generous support from the City of Maumelle, along with donations from local foundations, businesses and individuals, Maumelle Splash Pad is finally a reality.
“We are all so excited about the opening of Maumelle’s first splash pad,” says Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris. “I have young children myself, and I can tell you that this is a long-awaited park in our community. Residents have seen the construction happening over the past several months and are anxious to begin using the splash pad.”
Healthy Active Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Health joined this effort by providing Great Strides Grant funding to cover costs of a shading and picnic canopy connected to the splash pad area. The canopy was chosen to provide sun protection for all who visit the park, especially for special needs children who may be on medications that make them more sensitive to the sun and for older individuals and grandparents who may need greater protection from the Arkansas sun.
[Healthy Active Arkansas shade canopy and picnic area]
In attendance on behalf of Healthy Active Arkansas was ACHI CEO Joe Thompson (Healthy Active Arkansas board President and Chairman), Kenya Eddings (Healthy Active Arkansas Interim Executive Director), Laura Gocio (Healthy Active Arkansas Operations Manager), and Chenell Tucker (Arkansas Department of Health/Healthy Active Arkansas Wellness Coordinator). Chris Fletcher, Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson – Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Liaison, was also present at the event.
[Left to right: Kenya Eddings, Laura Gocio, Joe Thompson, Chenell Tucker and Chris Fletcher]
The splash pad is Phase 1 of a larger project known as Maumelle Play & Splash. Phase 2 will be an inclusive playground connected to the splash pad. Anyone interested in contributing to the fundraising effort should contact Phillip Raborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 851-6990.
“Although Maumelle has several playgrounds for children and families to enjoy, we do not have an all-inclusive play space,” says Phillip Raborn, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Maumelle. “Our ultimate vision for Maumelle Play & Splash is to create an inclusive playground to accompany the new splash pad – a playground that accommodates all children, with or without disabilities, as well as their caregivers.”
The splash pad hours will be from 9 am to 8 pm daily, from May-October (weather permitting). Like all Maumelle parks, there is no fee.